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AGM 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT

AGM 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT

2022 METRO ARTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE

You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting! 

 

The Board of Directors of Metro Arts invites you to the upcoming Annual General Meeting of Metro Arts Ltd.

 

Please note: only current financial Members are eligible to vote at the meeting but all are welcome to attend.

DATES

Mon 9 May

TIME

5:30pm

LOCATION

Studio 2
Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End.  

RSVP

Please RSVP to info@metroarts.com.au by 9am, Friday 6 May.

LINDEN STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

LINDEN STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

Metro Arts welcomes new Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy

Metro Arts is delighted to announce the commencement of Linden Tierney as its new Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy.

Linden brings a wealth of partnership experience to the role which has been supported through funding secured from Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program.

Metro Arts Board and its Giving Committee have embarked on a philanthropic journey to secure the ongoing viability of the organisation developing the future of Australian contemporary arts practice, now.

The move to custom built premises in West Village in 2020 allowed Metro Arts to secure a bold initiative, the Metro Arts Future Fund (MAFF), also proudly supported by the Queensland Community Foundation through their General Grant Program.

MAFF enables Metro Arts to give more financial support to more artists to invigorate Queensland’s cultural scene. The fund seeks ongoing donations for investments which in turn provides hundreds of artists a year with the capacity to develop new work now, and into the future.

“We welcome Linden Tierney’s expertise in building long-term connections between donors and the arts, and look forward to her contribution to the 42 years Metro Arts has been helping artists to create, experiment and present their work, and providing audiences with creative experiences that challenge and transform,” says Metro Arts Chair, Dr Fiona Hawthorne.

Linden returns to Brisbane after development and programming roles held at Auckland Theatre Company and Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events and more recently Glasshouse Port Macquarie.

“Linden is tasked to work closely with Metro Arts’ Board and staff to bring the 2022-23 fundraising campaign to fruition and we look forward to her reconnecting with the Brisbane performing arts scene after a 20 year absence.” said Jo Thomas, Artistic Director and CEO. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Metro Arts Future Fund or Metro Arts program please contact info@metroarts.com.au

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

Image Credit: Nadiah NfuZion (featured artist) Janna Imperial (Photographer)
Video Credit: Sharin Yofitasari

Mad Dance Festival is back!

After the success of the 2021 festival, Metro Arts and Mad Dance House are joining forces once again to present the second iteration of the Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s diverse street dance scene.

The festival is an opportunity to showcase the world-class street dance artists right here in Brisbane and across Australia. B-boys, poppers and lockers, and hip-hop heavy-weights are taking over Metro Arts for an unmissable 2-week line-up of performances, creative developments, battles, workshops, artist talks and activations.

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

8 – 18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

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BETWIXT

8 – 11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Inspirational, energetic and thought provoking, Betwixt by Pink Matter highlights the stories of five top street dancers.

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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Get ready to show off your epic dance skills as some of the best street dance talents go head-to-head in an afternoon of freeform dance.

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DISTINCT

10 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Walk like a beauty queen, krump like a pro: street dance and storytelling merge in this unique one-woman show.

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THIRTEEN YEARS

11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Young women bravely share their stories of the journey through the schooling system, revealing unspoken truths.

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DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

13 – 17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Let loose and groove! For one week only Bring A Plate Inclusive Dance Company will hold daily classes at dusk to help you shake off the day, and lift your mood.

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RHYTHMOLOGY

15 – 17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
A wildly entertaining night of brown showmanship putting urbanised cultures and their creatives at the forefront.

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THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
An exploration of the different personalities within all of us and how we use them to survive, thrive, and have some fun.

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ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Meanjin’s trailblazing House of Alexander brings ballroom and voguing to Brisbane, celebrating all bodies and gender identities.

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THE SAD CLOWN

18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
When you wear a different mask for everyone you meet, life is a performance that never ends.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

*INFO SESSION DETAILS HAVE CHANGED*
Please note, given the changing Covid-19 advisements and restrictions, this event will now run as an online event. 

Find out more about the application process for the 2022 Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) – MAVA Pathfinders program.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
2022 METRO ARTS VISUAL ARTS (MAVA) – MAVA PATHFINDERS

Metro Arts is thrilled to offer ‘MAVA Pathfinders’, a rare and well-supported opportunity for artists to explore new ways forward in their career.

Ensuring a strong local independent sector of artists, MAVA Pathfinders will support three Queensland, mid-career visual artists to explore new opportunities, and to purposefully harness their potential to build more sustainable careers.

Included in the Program:

A 12-month artist residency (May 2022 – May 2023) at the MAVA Substation which includes:

  • 24/7 access to the secured MAVA Pathfinder studio;
  • Access to the new and fully equipped workshop;
  • Salary $50,700 per annum pro rata (0.6 FTE) + statutory super;
  • Material budget of $5,000 (per artist);
  • Support from the Metro Arts team and broader network that might include but not be limited to:
    • Curatorial
    • Marketing
    • Financial
    • Business development
    • Technical; and
    • Access to Metro Arts’ local, national, and international networks.

ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION:

Tuesday 25 January, 6:00 – 7:00pm

HOW DO I JOIN THE ONLINE SESSION?

On a computer or laptop: Join the session via the ‘JOIN SESSION’ button above OR paste the following link into your browser (we recommend Chrome): https://meet.google.com/rfk-jpap-dpf

 
On a mobile device: You can access google meet through your gmail app, or you can download the Google Meet app. In either of these apps, paste the following code to join: rfk-jpap-dpf
 
Or dial: ‪(AU) +61 2 9051 6596‬ PIN: ‪169 822 520‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/rfk-jpap-dpf?pin=5420151964028
 
GOT A QUESTION?
Send it to jenna@metroarts.com.au to ensure it gets answered in the session.

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS :

Jenna Green (Producer – Special Initiatives) will be available at the following times for 15 minute individual consultations to discuss applications:

Thursday 27 January: 10am – 12pm AND 4pm – 6pm

Friday 28 January: 12pm – 2pm
 
To book an individual call, email jenna@metroarts.com.au and specify your preferred date / time option.

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Friday 17 December 2021, 9:00am AEST

Applications close:
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 11:59pm AEST

HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: 
The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide. You can preview the online application form here

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) Substation is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

Presented in partnership with Playlab Theatre

We’re excited to partner with Playlab Theatre to present three shows here at Metro Arts as part of their 2022 season.
Join us for a season of connection, resilience, and guts.

 

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

6 – 8 MAY
Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

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BLUE BONES

2 – 12 FEB | THEATRE
When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

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FACE TO FACE

16 – 26 MAR | THEATRE
An intimate drama about two women, a generation apart, navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country.

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BRUTAL UTOPIAS

18 – 28 MAY | THEATRE
The lofty political ideals of three architects are put to the test as their projects intersect with some of the greatest challenges that the world has ever faced.

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PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB THEATRE 2022 SEASON

Presented in partnership with Metro Arts

Purchase a season pass to all three Playlab Theatre productions at Metro Arts;
Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong, Face to Face by Emily Wells and Brutal Utopias by Stephen Carleton.

All season passes include a ticket to each show, a copy of each show’s publication, and a complimentary drink (choose from house wine, Bricklane Brewery Beer & Softdrink) at the Metro Arts Bar.

 

THE DETAILS

 

PRICES
General Three Play Season Pass: $129.50 + booking fee
Concession Three Play Season Pass: $112.50 + booking fee

LOCATION
New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101

Please see individual show pages for detailed accessibility and warning information.

PLEASE NOTE

Preview and opening night performances are not available for a season pass.

 

HOW TO BOOK

  • Click “BOOK A SEASON PASS” button

  • Select your ticket type

  • Select your preferred date for each show

  • Fill out your details to complete your booking

  • Your publication will be available for collection at the Box Office before each performance. The drink voucher will be given to you when you attend your first show, and can be used at any Playlab season performance

 

For School bookings: please email info@metroarts.com.au or click here

BLUE BONES
2 – 12 FEB 

“I saw my insides today. I found Tom, my first love, in my bones.”  When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

TIMES
7.30pm, 5 – 12 February 2022

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

FACE TO FACE
16 – 26 MAR

“Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?” An intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself.

TIMES
7.30pm, 19 – 26 March 2022

Approximately 80 minutes. No interval. 

BRUTAL UTOPIAS
18 – 28 MAY

“I’m not abandoning my principles; I’m coming here to apply them.”  The lofty political ideals of three architects are put to the test as their projects intersect with some of the greatest challenges that the world has ever faced.

TIMES
7.30pm, 21 – 28 May 2022

Approximately 120 minutes, including interval. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | EMERGING PRODUCER XCHANGE 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | EMERGING PRODUCER XCHANGE 2022

Want to join the Metro Arts’ team in 2022?

Metro Arts is developing the future of Australian contemporary arts practice, now. Championing all contemporary art forms, the two core activities of the organisation are developing and co-presenting contemporary arts. Within our  venue is a team of creative professionals who are passionate about diverse contemporary art that makes your heart race and the hairs on your neck stand up.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS EMERGING PRODUCER XCHANGE 2022

The Emerging Producer Xchange is a flagship mentorship program supported by The Ian Potter Foundation. Over 2021-2022, six emerging producers will be invited to participate in paid internships, embedded within nationally-recognised multidisciplinary arts organisations. The host organisations are Metro Arts in Queensland and The Mill in South Australia.

Under the mentorship of a lead producer in each state, the emerging producers will receive exclusive insights into the operation of two professional and prolific Australian arts organisations, and have unparalleled access to networking, skill-sharing and professional development opportunities. After successfully running the program during 2021, Metro Arts is now calling for two new emerging producers to work with the organisation in 2022.

Between January – October, the emerging producers will support the delivery of the host organisation’s annual artistic program, supporting artists in the creation, presentation, and touring of new work.

The emerging producers will also accompany lead producers to attend a number of major industry events, conferences and marketplaces throughout the year, and participate in a series of dedicated activities specific to the Emerging Producer Xchange.

The Emerging Producer Xchange is designed to address the ongoing shortfall of professional development opportunities for skilled producers particularly in the independent performance sector.

Q&A with Associate Producer Milly Walker

AMELIA (MILLY) WALKER, Associate Producer

Milly is a producer and theatre maker in Meanjin/Brisbane. Having graduated from QUT with a BFA in Drama, Milly now works as an associate producer at Metro Arts and is a Company Partner within her own independent theatre company, Chance Collective. Creating dynamic productions in environmentally conscious and theatrically innovative ways is at the centre of Milly’s work. Milly is passionate about sustainable and inclusive practices in the arts, and in forging supportive relationships between collaborators, audiences, and the art itself.


How do you explain what you do to your parents?

I tell them that it’s like any other administration job but the end product is some Very Cool Art. I support people to get their dreams onto the stage.

What led you to this role?

There aren’t many positions that bridge the gap between the early stages of an independent career and becoming an independent producer with recognisable industry experience to back it up. And there are far less that are paid opportunities. No one wants to pay you while you’re still developing your skills, even if the work you are doing is really integral to the independent theatre scene. Having the opportunity to be paid while undergoing professional development is extremely valuable, and that’s what led me to it!

What’s an average week like?

Contacting, negotiating, and maintaining relationships with the artists who we are engaging in the program at Metro Arts fills a lot of the week. There’s research into every little bit of theatre making that needs to be done, specific to the obscure needs of the artists you’re helping. Administration and data entry too. There’re also many meetings that need to happen between the producers and every other department, as everyone’s work is very intertwined as we work together to get the program up. Oh, and there’s also at least 3 spanners in the works and one artist who needs the pep-talk of a lifetime.

What is the biggest misconception about working as a producer?

There’s a lot more emails than I realised going in.

In an interview for your job, what would you be looking for?

Emotional fortitude and resilience, and a real love for this industry.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve been involved in at Metro Arts?

Fertile Ground by Ashleigh Musk and Michael Smith. Theatre is my main practice, so a work like Fertile Ground – a contemporary dance piece – really pushed me outside of what I know, but was such a beautiful work to be on. Site specific, experimental, featuring sound design by the incredible Anna Whitaker, and beautifully performed by Ash and Michael – this show was just otherworldly enjoyable.

What’s the best thing that’s happening in your field at the moment and why?

Chance Collective 🙂

Q&A with Associate Producer Peta Kishawi

PETA KISHAWI, Associate Producer

Peta Kishawi is an emerging artist and arts worker with a broad range of performance experience, as well as a developing skillset in production and behind-the-curtain administration. Since graduating a Bachelor of Acting and Performance with the University of Canberra and TAFE Queensland in 2020, she has continued to pursue training and work experience within the industry throughout 2021. Focusing on multidiscipline engagement with fellow emerging artists across theatre, music and visual arts, Peta finds inspiration in the transformation that performance inspires in artists and audiences alike.


How do you explain what you do to your parents?

I do administration for a creatively satisfying payoff.

What led you to this role?

Artists are often balancing their ‘day job’ with their arts life, but this position lets you make those one in the same. It’s incredible to have a paid opportunity that allows me to dedicate so much time to developing myself in a way that directly contributes to my journey as an artist.

What’s an average week like?

Each week will take you on a thrilling journey through your to-do list, comprised of many emails, spreadsheets and meetings! No two projects are the same, each presenting new and exciting challenges to work with, and you’ll often be managing multiple threads at once each week. Expect to be picking up new skills at every turn, and meeting many new faces as you engage with the artists.

What is the biggest misconception about working as a producer?

You have to get very used to bothering people with emails, but it’s for a good cause!

In an interview for your job, what would you be looking for?

Above all, a generosity and passion for supporting artists has to drive you. This will fuel your resilience to stick with it! Working in the arts industry is unique in that there’s always a lot of emotion riding behind the work. Assisting people with the presentation of their art can’t be taken lightly – you’re not just dealing with a product or a payslip, you’re dealing with passion and self-expression. I’d be looking for someone with this capacity to always handle with care!

What’s the most interesting project you’ve been involved in at Metro Arts?

The incredible thing about Metro Arts is it’s multidisciplinary focus – getting to work with musicians during the Restrung Festival presented a chance to engage with an entirely new crowd, and it was amazing to see and hear the cutting edge explorations that are happening in a medium I was unfamiliar with.

What’s the best thing that’s happening in your field at the moment and why?

Opportunities like this, these pathways in are vital!

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Thursday 21 October 9.00am / AEST

Applications close:
Monday 8 November 9.00am / AEST


HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide.

Image: Tangerine Hour by NDRNCE, 2021. Photo by Nick John Bleeker.

Callum McGrath

Callum McGrath

CALLUM MCGRATH

Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. McGrath’s work applies experimental archival and historiographic approaches to reconceptualise methods of queer memorialisation. His research-led projects resist the hegemonic and institutional structures of archival repositories and instead work toward methods of queer remembrance where queer temporalities and futurity can take precedent.

Your practice disrupts typical engagement with the past and challenges the aesthetics of public memorialisation to make way for a speculative queer community. What is the significance of forming such a community and what interests you in particular about expressing these ideas through acts of remembrance?
Hmm.. big question… I am interested in the ways in which queerness can be used as a methodology to consider the challenges and complexities of representing, presenting, documenting, and archiving the past. I think each work I make deals with history in a way that is against the hegemonic systems that deal with and organise the past.  As much as my work is about remembering and acknowledging the past, I think the work is equal parts against history or opposed to its linear and temporal unfoldings. For me, the queerness of this methodology lies in its resistance to history as something that is linear and or a closed loop. I think by looking at queer history (which is just one example of the kind of marginalised past this methodology can be applied to) we can see the destructive and corrosive nature of the past.  History for me is negotiated through a complex web of comprises, truth, lies, mistakes ect. Take for instance the work at Metro, as much as this work is framed as a historiographic project, I think in many ways it’s intentionally failed. It refuses to give away details and compromises truth, instead, it is a fragmented cinematic failed picture of a violent past that continues to secrete/ leak into the future. 

What is particularly interesting to you about the case of Ross Warren?
The Ross Warren case has been of interest to me for quite some time, I have wanted to make a work about it for many years but never really known how. What is interesting for me is not the particular circumstances that happened which is of course awful but instead, him being a semi-media figure and that being something that we can cling to. Unlike many of the other queer people who were murdered, Ross’s image exists recorded on film. Particularly significant for me knowing I wanted to make a video work. That said, part of the reason in the video it included fragments from other incidences from a range of historical time periods is precisely because I didn’t want to just priorities the case of Ross’s. I think this is where I am attempting to negotiate to complexities of the past and utilise an experimental approach to re-telling a history? 

How do you hope people will engage with this work?
Well, I think there are two mains goals for this project, firstly I think it’s important for the public to become aware of this history and engage with it in a way that is on an emotional/ affective level. Something that I think public memorial spaces often lack. Secondly, I really want this work to generate conversations around histories problems; specifically the complexities of remembrance and memorialisation. Thinking through different and experimental approaches to telling the past that can do interesting and important things in regards to temporalities and a de-linear or even messy image of the past. I think the work pulls, stretches, and distorts time, in a way that doesn’t attend to hegemonic systems, and reproductive futurism; a methodology that is in many ways indebted to writing on queer temporalities.  

ARTIST EVENT

THE WEATHERMAN
By Callum McGrath

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 5pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

FREE

BRIS FEST 2021 AT METRO ARTS

BRIS FEST 2021 AT METRO ARTS

 

BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2021 AT METRO ARTS

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

We’ve teamed up with our neighbours Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Bazaar to bring you two value-packed dinner packages during our Brisbane Festival 2021 season.

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MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

3 – 26 SEPT | EXHIBITION
Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

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WEREDINGO

3 – 11 SEPT | THEATRE
Karul’s signature sharp movement and humour will challenge what you think you know about shapeshifting.

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THE MAKING OF MEN

18 SEPT | CONVERSATION
Bystander trainer Michael Jeh lead a conversation on raising men to overturn cultural pressures and traditions.

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WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

22 – 25 SEPT | FAMILY
A fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

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FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

22 – 25 SEPT | COMEDY
Four hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show. Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter for this smashing evening of comedy.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.  

SEASON OF SURPRISES

SEASON OF SURPRISES

22 – 31 JULY | TICKETS ON-SALE NOW

With our July performance program further disrupted by lockdowns and state border restrictions, Metro Arts have invited local legends to take over the venue!

Titled SEASON OF SURPRISES, this flourish of special one-night-only events includes film, cabaret, music and dance and takes place from 22 – 31 July.

More events to be announced soon!

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

23 JUL | CABARET
Lesbian Love Stories is a concert-style cabaret performed by three local lesbians and one rockin’ pianist, featuring anonymous true tales of love from across the globe.

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MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards. Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only.

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DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

With an interest in art sparked in fourth grade, it wasn’t until the birth of her daughters that Debbie Taylor Worley started a journey to reconnect to her heritage, resulting in studying art as a mature age student. Her new exhibition Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li honours her connection to Gamilaraay country.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I’ve had an interest in art ever wince the 4th grade when my teacher, Mr Smith, put a pineapple on his desk and told us all to draw it. After seeing our results he said, “draw what you see, not what you think you see”. From that moment, along with the stash of art books dad had in the hallway cupboard, I was fascinated with creative processes.

In my mid 40’s, I finally had the opportunity to attend art college and was motivated and inspired by the artists that taught within the unit, such as Jennifer Herd, Vernin Ah Kee and Lauri Neilsen. I was introduced to new ways of seeing art and it gave what I was producing greater purpose.

How would you describe your art to someone unfamiliar to it?
It’s everchanging and multidisciplinary, working mainly with clay and textiles. However, common themes that run throughout my work are the dendroglyphs or tree carvings of the Gamilaraay nation and female empowerment.

Using the motifs of the tree carvings provides a link between contemporary practice and my cultural roots. The motifs go hand in hand with images and sculptures to draw attention to the divine feminine and our mother the earth.

I prefer to use materials that are as natural and connected to country as possible. For example, I forage bullrushes when the season is right for weaving fibres, and use ochre from country to colour canvases laid within the landscape.

Your art is influenced by “listening to country”, can you explain how this practice works?
The Gamilaraay word Winanga-li describes a process of listening, hearing, thinking, remembering. It involves sitting in a place and space of deep contemplation and hearing what nature is telling you. It is a way of connecting deeply on a spiritual level. Just as an artist may stare at a blank canvas for days before applying paint to it, I sit on Gamilaraay country and let it speak to me, translating the message intuitively onto the canvas.

What can you tell us about your exhibition at Metro Arts?
This body of work was made at various sites on Gamilaraay country, that are significant in regards to Gamilaraay spirituality and my childhood memories. A trip back to country was made possible by the Windmill trust Scholarship that was awarded to me in 2020. As a result of listening to country, each canvas has been produced beside an important body of water and covered with the surrounding earth, clays and ochres. It highlights the responsibility of Gamilaraay women to protect sacred waters. I believe my ancestors are guiding me on my journey of reconnection to culture and country.

Included in the exhibition is a video work by my young Nephew, Jackson, that documents portions of the journey and the art making process.

Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li  | 6 – 24 July | Gallery One, Metro Arts
Find out more about the exhibition here.

 

ARTIST EVENT

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI
By Debbie Taylor-Worley

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

ARTIST TALK
3pm, Sat 24 Jul

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 5pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

FREE

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JUL – DEC 2021

JUL – DEC 2021

Metro Arts | July – December Program

Cautiously and carefully as a community we continue to rebuild and find our new way forward in this changed world. Our art and artists continue to push boundaries, take risks and offer provocations, entertainments and just some damn fine art!

Our July-December season presents more thought-provoking and exhilarating work from Australian artists across artforms. And we continue to offer people of all ages opportunities to dance, think, discuss, listen, collide, question and cross-pollinate here at Metro Arts.

THEATRE & PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

9 – 18 DEC | PERFORMANCE
This festival-fav is back with a nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard and its epic transformational possibilities.

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PINK INC

20 DEC | DANCE
Join the Pink Matter team and say bye-bye to 2021 with this end-of-year party like no other!

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EXHIBITION PROGRAM

IN THE CUTS

2 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
Azadeh Hamzeii presents new work commissioned by Metro Arts in association with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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MAELSTROM

2 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
This multi-channel, immersive 3D-animated experience integrates sound with the choreography of digital humans.

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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

On the Shoulders of Giants explores the transition and adaptation of culture, toxic masculinity and intergenerational trauma of First Nations men navigating their way through everyday life.

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COLD GHOST

Familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns in this fascinating expedition through time.

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

JAMES HAZEL

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
My Father the piano is an installation which explores the relationship between the artist and their working-class family.

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AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

By The Architects of Sound & Friends

Presented by Metro Arts

“They do not make music, they are not musicians. They are The Architects of Sound.”

Brisbane’s finest electronic trash trio are bigger, better, and gayer than ever and here to treat your ear holes to some sound.

Sexy, intelligent, thought provoking. Are they all these things? We’ll never know. The only thing that’s for sure: they are downright genius and on the comeback tour of the millennium.

Get intimate with Valencia Low-Fi, Amaro Mayfair and Sutro, as they perform your favourite sonic memoirs from years past. Prepare yourself for classic hits such as “Clap My Beat” and “Titties in Paradise”, and if you’re lucky they may even perform some new works of genius.

As if they haven’t already given you people enough, The Architects have also graciously invited their favourite friends to entertain and delight you.

DATES

Thu 29 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

2 hours with interval

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 18+. Course language, mild nudity, sonic genius. 

Photo by Georgia Wallace.

THE ARTISTS

The Architects of Sound
The Architects of Sound are an established Brisbane-based alternative, independent electronic trash trio whose native, instrumental sound was forged in a West End garage during a fierce electrical storm in 2012. Maintaining an anti-careerist, anti-music industry attitude, the trio rose to public recognition in early 2013 after a rare underground showcase of a compilation demo-tape went viral on Vine, garnering strong positive critical acclaim in numerous underground Brisbane music zines. Regarded for their minimalist, stripped-down vocal style, meditative and organic post-electro anthems and low-fi music aesthetic, the trio have released their EP The Holy Trinity (2016), and begun work on their second debut album ARTFAP to be released exclusively through Limewire; a sonic exploration of the abstract concepts of divinity, desire and sacrifice in contemporary art culture.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

Presented by Pink Matter & Metro Arts

We’re celebrating Pink Matter’s 4th birthday with a kick-ass party!

Presented by Pink Matter and Breakin’ Events, we bring to you 1v1 Womxns’ and 1v1 Open style categories.

Dress fresh, hit the bar and get ready for a wild night of performances, cyphers and battles.

DATES

3pm, Sat 23 Oct, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Spectator Admission $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

QUEENSLAND CABARET 2021

QUEENSLAND CABARET 2021

QUEENSLAND CABARET LONG WEEKEND

To celebrate the launch of the February 2022 Queensland Cabaret Festival program – Metro Arts and Queensland Cabaret Festival present Cabaret Long Weekend.

Avoid the road rage, sunburn and queues for the loos and kick off your long weekend with a few days of cool art-conditioned cabaret – unique stories, great songs and top-shelf singers in a short taste of what 2022 has to offer.

So, join us over the new October long weekend, and inoculate your soul with a short, sharp jab of art at the Cabaret Long Weekend!

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards. Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only.

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ÙMBRIEL

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
ÚMBRIEL is an electronic, art-pop powerhouse once described as “Like Enya on Steroids.”

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HUNKY DORY

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Alison St Ledger performs a time capsule of Bowie at his most inspired.

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1971 – THE MUSIC

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Nadia Sunde takes her audience on a journey into the soundtrack of a year that has never really left us.

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SWEET LIFE

CANCELLED | CAB FEST ’22
Savour life’s best and bittersweet moments through song in this richly layered cabaret.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.  The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

By Josh Daveta & The Sequins

Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival and Metro Arts

Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards.

You might know them from Oscar Theatre Co’s Boy&Girl and previous solo shows Teenage Dreams, now cabaret mogul Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only with their show My Funny Valentine.

Featuring the music of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and more, audiences will be in for a vintage experience through the lens of the pop music world for 65 minutes!

 

“A joy to behold” – Stage Whispers

 

“Whether playing the piano or singing, Daveta’s talents are clear…” – Blue Curtains Brisbane

DATES

Fri 29 Oct, 2021

TIME

7:00pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

65 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Josh is a POC & Queer singer/songwriter, actor, musician, writer, producer and cabaret artist. They were a top 75 Australian Idol contestant and has worked with many Australian Talents such as Nancye Hayes, Peter Cousens, Marina Prior, Paulini & Jessica Mauboy as well as rubbing shoulders with the likes of Shoshana Bean, Natalie Weiss & super star Katy Perry (the name dropping is foul, we get it). Over the past seven years they have led the way with cabaret, touring with their critically acclaimed shows Teenage Dreams, My Prerogative and their brand defining return season show Like Mariah. They were also apart of Electric Moon’s 15th Anniversary Hedwig & The Angry Inch concert and In The Warm Room: Songs of Kate Bush and recurring artist for Brisbane Pride. Their staple involvement as festival host for Brisbane Festival’s Arcadia and in Brisbane’s phenom, Oscar Production Company’s boy&girl, are career badges stapled into their brand of being one of the city’s finest.

With “producer” also in their zeitgeist of titles, they have created the wildly successful event Broadway In The Dock and their Christmas cabarets Daveta Watch Out & O Night Divine.

Josh’s acting credits include LEGALLY BLONDE (Emmett), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey II), SPELLING BEE (Mitch Mahoney), HAIR (Hud) & SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Man 1).

Their main goal in life is to work constantly enough to buy Starbucks Gingerbread frappucinos at any time of the day.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

debase productions

Presented by Metro Arts 

Grab your pals for a rollicking night out, this nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard is back for an encore season!

Vintage leotards, glittering with sequins, Lycra in every colour of the rainbow. One by one, the performers pull on the Lycra and are transformed. Who were the people who wore these leotards? What were their secrets? And how many interpretive dance routines will there be?

Two of Australia’s most fearless physical comedians, Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters, present this joyous celebration of performance, body-positivity and glitter.

“A true master-class in physical comedy and storytelling.
Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

“…funny and surprisingly poignant …Neridah Waters and Bridget Boyle made an unmatchable duo.”
– Theatre Haus

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Thu 9 – Sat 18 Dec

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Preview Thu 9 Dec / $35 + booking fee
Concession
$35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

60 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+

Contains mild swearing or offensive language, adult themes and haze / smoke effects.

Image by Jade Ellis.

THE ARTISTS

Neridah Waters (Performer/Creator) is a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. She’s toured her work extensively in Australia and overseas with Lala Parlour, Common People Dance Project, Brides of Frank and The Escapists. She’s worked as an actor/choreographer for La Boîte, Queensland Theatre, Imaginary Theatre, DeBase, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, PlayLab and NORPA. She’s choreographed large-scale community projects for Queensland Music Festival and QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival. She runs an ironic Eisteddfod with a regular outcome at Brisbane Festival. She recently performed Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD at Metro Arts, ran the Common People Dance Eisteddfod and Socially Distanced Dance Club at Brisbane Festival and directed the Flipside Circus show for HOTA’s Scoop Festival.

Dr. Bridget Boyle (Performer/Creator) is a co-founder of debase productions, winner of the 2018 Gold Matilda award for special contribution to Queensland theatre. She has worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher, having studied with Philippe Gaulier in 2001. With debase productions she has been involved in the creation (writing, directing and performance) of many new works, including The Longest Minute (co-production with Queensland Theatre and JUTE), co-winner of Best Mainstage Production Matilda Awards 2018. For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For La Boite theatre, she appeared in Romeo and Juliet and He Died with a Felafel in his Hand (with Someone Productions). Directing credits include, for JUTE theatre: To Kill a Cassowary, for Queensland Theatre: The Holidays, The Longest Minute (co-pro with JUTE and debase), Rice (QPDA Finalists reading), The Landmine is Me and Hurry up and Wait. For Flipside Circus and Metro Arts: We Live Here (co-directed with Natano Fa’anana, Winner, Best Direction 2018 Matilda Awards).

Lucas Stibbard (Director / Creator) makes theatre and performance work as an actor, performer, director, designer, dramaturg, writer, educator and producer. With The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he co-founded, he co-wrote, co-directed, produced and performed in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, nationally and internationally touring boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination) Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festival 2011 and 2012, Attack of the Attacking Attackers!, Packed and Suburbia for the Brisbane Festival. Lucas’ performing work both nationally and internationally has included: Bell Shakespeare (Richard III and The Alchemist national tours), La Boite (Straight White Men, The Danger Age, Zig Zag Street national tour), Queensland Theatre (Constellations, The Seagull, Macbeth, Hamlet, Fractions, Grimm Tales, Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Richard II), The State Theatre Company of South Australia (Hamlet), Melbourne Theatre Company (North by Northwest), Shake n Stir (A Christmas Carol), and Windmill Theatre (Grug including IPAY Florida and Imaginate Edinburgh and China in November/December 2017). Film and Television appearances include Hoges, Harrow, Wanted, Prank Patrol, Kokoda and The Great Raid. This year Lucas was invited to join the UK cast of North By Northwest for their UK premiere season as well as their Canadian Premiere season. 

Neridah Waters Performer / Creator

Bridget Boyle Performer / Creator

Lucas Stibbard Director / Creator / Sound Designer / Scenic Designer

Cameron Clark Scenic Designer / Design Realisation

Christine Felmingham Lighting Designer

Nathan Sibthorpe Video Designer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

SWEET LIFE

SWEET LIFE

SWEET LIFE

By Leah Lever
Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival

Savour life’s best and bittersweet moments through song in this richly layered cabaret.

Brimming with all things sugar and spice, Sweet Life brings together the highs and lows of life and love in a delicious musical journey. 

From the classic Blueberry Hill to Julie Andrew’s iconic rendering of My Favourite Things, the weird and wonderful Summer Wine and the sublime Love Tastes Like Strawberries, Leah will give you a tantalising taste of life’s more intriguing flavours. This scrumptious cabaret has all the vulnerable innocence, courage and authenticity of Maria in The Sound of Music.

Like the lingering drizzle of honey, the warming trickle of sipped wine, and the sensual burst of flavour from the first bite into a strawberry, Leah Lever’s new cabaret Sweet Life will leave you wanting more.


“Breathtaking, captivating and pitch-perfect.”
– Redland Museum (2021)

 

Please note: This show has been cancelled. All ticket holders have been contacted to advise of options to transfer tickets or be refunded.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Thur 10 Mar

TIMES

6:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard (Theatre Seat) $35 + booking fee
Concession (Theatre Seat) $32 + booking fee

Standard (Cabaret Table) $45 + booking fee
Concession (Cabaret Table) $42 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

LEAH LEVER

Teenage songstress Leah Lever has an ethereal soprano tone that lifts her audience on an inspirational journey of positivity.

Leah was identified as musically gifted at a young age. Then, when she was just 15 years old, Leah was the youngest ever student accepted to study music at one of Queensland’s leading universities and graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) With Distinction in 2020 – at just 18 years old. She polished her performance skills studying at Australia’s most prestigious creative arts institution, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) this year.

Inspired by music from the 1940s to the 1960s, Leah’s style is versatile and includes classical cross-over, musical theatre, ballads, jazz, folk, and pop.

Whether she’s singing before a crowd of thousands or performing a more intimate cabaret show for just a hundred or so eager fans, Leah always gives her all and creates an unforgettable musical experience for her audience.

Leah Lever  Performer / Writer

Alison St Ledger  Director

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.

 

THE SALTY SIRENS

THE SALTY SIRENS

THE SALTY SIRENS

Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival 

Hoist the anchor and limber up those sealegs – these aren’t your grandpa’s sea shanties!

Roll on down for a raucous singalong of sea shanties, and sea songs old and new with The Salty Sirens. These Sapphic sailors and their ragtag band of pirate mateys will lead you on a musical journey through tales of shipwork, daring adventure, defiance and debauchery.

Expect bellowing squeeze boxes, twiddling fiddles, and belly laughs, as you meander through traditional and modern nautical folk song.

If you’ve never sung a shanty in your landlubbin’ life, don’t worry! The Salty Sirens will teach you all the important bits. Come aboard salty sea dogs and landlubbers alike! It’s shore to be a swell night.

 

“These gigs are magical. They are the musical equivalent of climbing trees and doing cartwheels.” – Ruckus Brisbane

“We may never get the chance to sail the seas in a pirate ship, but a night at the Shanty Club with the Salty Sirens might be as close as it gets.” – Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Thu 10 Mar

TIMES

8pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard (Theatre Seat) $35 + booking fee
Concession (Theatre Seat)
$32 + booking fee

Standard (Cabaret Table) $45 + booking fee
Concession (Cabaret Table) $42 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+

Contains some nautically themed swearing or offensive language.

Image by Jacob Morrison.

THE ARTISTS

Kristy Stanfield Vocals / Accordion

Elyse Fitzpatrick Vocals / Guitar

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.

 

FACE TO FACE

FACE TO FACE

FACE TO FACE

by Emily Wells

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?

Moxie, passion, drive; whatever you want to call it, Leila’s got it and it compelled her hundreds of kilometres from the remote country town she grew up in to the big city. It’s been a hard six years, but she’s so close to the success she craves, so close to her dreams of representing her community, so close to being an inspiration to the other girls back home just like her.

However, one girl just like her, her niece Maddie, has just shown up on her doorstep in the middle of the night, disillusioned and far away from the same community that Leila left behind, and she’s about to make her understand just how far she’s strayed from home.

Face to Face is an intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Wed 16 Mar – Sat 26 Mar

TIMES

16 – 17 Mar 7:30pm Previews

18 – 26 Mar 7:30pm

DURATION

90 minutes. No interval. 

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+  $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

For School Group Bookings, please contact info@metroarts.com.au or CLICK HERE

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for 15+. Contains low-level coarse language, depictions of death, illness, and descriptions of police violence that may be upsetting to some audience members.

Should patrons feel any anxiety or discomfort while seeing the show, you are encouraged to advise friends, family or venue staff before leaving the theatre.

THE ARTISTS

Emily Wells

Emily Wells is a proud Kamilaroi woman, based in Meeanjin (Brisbane). Emily is a keen producer and playwright whose creative practice spans theatre, contemporary dance, festivals, and non-for-profit arts organisations. As a Playwright, Emily is one of three playwrights selected for Playlab Theatre’s year-long development program Alpha Processing, and one of six First Nations playwrights selected for the inaugural Sparks program delivered by QPAC, Playlab Theatre and Moogahlin Performing Arts.

Emily was awarded the Emerging Female Arts Leader Award through the Matilda Awards and was a Finalist for the Aboriginal Achievement Award in QLD’s Young Achiever Awards. Emily studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and obtained a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries (Distinction) from QUT. Emily held the role of Creative Producer with youth arts organisation Digi Youth Arts, and has worked closely with leading First Nations independents and companies such as Karul Projects, Katina Olsen, Marilyn Miller, Jasmin Sheppard, Isaac Drandic and Steven Oliver.

KEY CREATIVES

Playwright Emily Wells

Cultural Advisor Colleen Wall

Cultural Dramaturgs Sueanne Hooper, Annette Wells, Jackie Jones, Coral Jones,  Merle Hurley, 

Co-Directors Roxanne McDonald and Nadine McDonald-Dowd

Dramaturg Alex Bayliss

Designer Bill Haycock

Lighting Designer David Walters

Composer and Sound Designer Wil Hughes

Stage Managers Natalie Callaghan

CAST

Lorinda Merrypor

Hannah Belanszky

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Playlab Theatre and this project are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Face to Face is also supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously.  Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and restrictions. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes
Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Come along and catch Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes.

Through its music scene, Pig City tells the story of Brisbane in the late 20th century, a time when music and politics often stood toe-to-toe.

Writer, broadcaster and one-time Channel V presenter Yumi Stynes talks to Pig City’s Andrew Stafford about the book and the scene. Join them for an insightful conversation about Brisbane’s gritty punk past and what that means for us today. 

 

PRAISE FOR PIG CITY

“Compelling and superbly paced.” – The Courier Mail

“Stafford has produced a lively, original account of the way that the oppressive culture of Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland spawned a vibrant musical subculture informed by place, politics, and an era of protest.” – The Age

“Andrew Stafford’s command of language and storytelling abilities are both enviable and inspiring… The book is a true classic; a must-read for anyone who calls Queensland home, or has designs on doing so.” – Andrew McMillen, award-winning writer.

“Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in Australian musical history.” – Joshua Donellan, award-winning podcaster and writer.

DATE

Tue 3 May

TIME

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32.50 per ticket + booking fees

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

90 minutes, no interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 12+. Contains coarse language, adult themes and references to drug use.

THE ARTISTS

Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of Pig City: From The Saints To Savage Garden, a musical and political history of Brisbane first published in 2004. Something To Believe In, a music memoir, was published in 2019. His work appears regularly in the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Griffith Review and more. You can find him on Twitter as @staffo_sez and his Patreon page.

Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster and author, currently on-air with the wildly popular ABC podcast, Ladies, We Need to Talk which unpacks taboos and sexual health issues in bold and sometimes life-changing ways. She co-hosts a national radio show on the KiiS FM network called The 3pm Pickup which you’ve probably heard if you’ve been in a car between 3 and 4pm. One of her books, Welcome to Consent, was recently named the New York Public Library’s TOP 50 books of the year. Her classic guidebook, Welcome to Your Period, has been in non-stop reprint since it first came out and has been translated to around 20 languages including Russian, Japanese and German. The book based on the podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk came out late last year, and this year, Welcome to Your Boobs was published.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

SHOW PONIES

SHOW PONIES

SHOW PONIES

Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Forget everything you know about poetry readings and get ready for a raucous evening of neon, costumes, sick beats and backup dancers.

Bewitching wordsmith Freya Sadgrove is bringing a troupe of Aotearoa New Zealand’s dopest and most dazzling poets to Brisbane for the first time. Forget everything you know about poetry readings and get ready for a raucous evening of neon, costumes, sick beats and backup dancers.

The Show Ponies are Chris Tse, Rebecca Hawkes, essa may ranapiri, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Anahera Gildea, and Tayi Tibble.

You’ll leave Show Ponies feeling equal parts bewildered and energised, and maybe even ready to write some high-octane performance poetry of your own.

DATES

Thur 5 – Fri 6 May

TIMES

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 18+ only. Contains coarse language and adult themes. 

THE ARTISTS

KEY CREATIVES

Freya Sadgrove  Creator
Chris Tse  Show Pony
Rebecca Hawkes  Show Pony
essa may ranapiri  Show Pony
Selina Tusitala Marsh  Show Pony
Anahera Gildea  Show Pony
Tayi Tibble  Show Pony

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong
Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Come along and watch an episode of Homecoming Queens, catch Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong.

In Michelle Law and Oliver Reeson’s Homecoming Queens, when characters Michelle and Chloe come home, they bring an insightful, fresh take on Brisbane Stories with them, in this SBS streaming series that can be both deeply moving and hilarious.

Come along and watch an episode on screen, catch Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong, then join Michelle afterwards for burgers (everyone’s favourite ‘sometimes food’).

Please note, this event has been cancelled. All ticket holders have been contacted directly.

DATE

Fri 6 May

TIME

5pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

90 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Michelle Law is a writer and actor working across print, theatre, film and television. She wrote the smash-hit play Single Asian Female, which has sold out seasons in Australia and was staged in New Zealand in 2021. Her screenwriting work includes the SBS show Homecoming Queens, which she co-created, co-wrote and stars in. She also co-wrote the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say with her brother Benjamin Law, and she regularly contributes to Australian publications and anthologies. Michelle has been awarded a Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, and two Australian Writers Guild awards. As well as writing this book, she is currently developing several new stage works and screen works. Her most recent play Miss Peony, was due to be staged as part of Belvoir St Theatre’s 2021 season but was sadly postponed due to the pandemic.

Yen-Rong is an arts critic and writer based in Meanjin (Brisbane), on unceded Jaggera and Turrbal land. She won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award in 2020, and in 2019, she was shortlisted for the Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize. She has been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and writer-in-residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including The Guardian, Meanjin, and Griffith Review. She is currently working on a number of creative projects, including a satirical novel, a play, and a collection of essays.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

DEVILS IVY

DEVILS IVY

DEVIL’S IVY

Curated by Sarah Thomson

Presented by Metro Arts

Devil’s Ivy interrogates plants as material in domestic and urban environments.

Within the social context of the pandemic, which created an increased collective focus on the home and garden as an expression of identity, this exhibition looks at our desire to feel kinship with the natural world.

Artists in the exhibition address how plants are owned, displayed, cultivated, and related to by contemporary culture. They examine our personal relationships with plants and how these pursuits serve aesthetic and symbolic functions beyond their ecological value. This includes the use of plants as artistic material, their objectification and commercialisation, their use as an experiential encounter with ‘nature’, and their cultivation as a form of cultural resilience.

Please note: Unfortunately due to water damage from the recent weather event, the Metro Arts main gallery is currently closed.

Gallery Two remains open, and we are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

DATES

Sat 7 May – Sat 4 Jun

Opening event: Saturday 7 May, 4-6pm
Curator tour: Saturday 4 June, 3-3:30pm

VENUE

Gallery One, Gallery Two, and Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Featured artists: Jordan Azcune, Christopher Bassi, Merinda Davies, Jo Grant, Sophie Penkethman-Young, and Kai Wasikowski.

Image Credit: Installation view, Woolworths Orchid, Sophie Penkethman-Young, 2019. Airspace Projects Sydney. Photo by Zan Wimberley. 

THE ARTISTS

Jordan Azcune is a contemporary artist who explores spiritual representations in patterns of abstraction. Azcune uses beeswax and pigment to create multi-layered and non-rectangular works that draw from specific interests in Sogetsu Ikebana and Christian Imagery. In the studio, Azcune continues to investigate the process of casting beeswax and the transformation of the material in reaction to temperature and liquids. These signature works of his practice have been exhibited across Australia in exhibitions and prizes. He has completed residencies in Miami (USA), Gold Coast (AUS) and has recently been awarded the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship to conduct research across India. Azcune is represented by N.Smith Gallery, Sydney

Christopher Bassi is an artist of Meriam, Yupungathi and British descent. Working with archetypal models of representational painting, his work engages with the medium as sociological and historical text and as a means to address issues surrounding cultural identity, alternative genealogies, and colonial legacies in Australia and the South Pacific. Through critical re-imagining, his paintings become a space for a type of speculative storytelling that considers questions of history and place and the entangling of personal and collective experience. Bassi graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has participated in numerous exhibitions across Queensland, Australia, and was recently a finalist in the Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2021, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. His work is held in a number of institutional collections in Australia including: The Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Moreton Bay Regional Galleries, and Griffith University Art Museum.

Merinda Davies is an artist using performance, installation, sound and conversation to ask how we might reorient ourselves towards deeper care and intimacy. Her work is inspired by the environment, human and more-than-human social and ecological structures and the possibilities available to us in future imaginings. She grew up in Bundjalung Country, Northern NSW, and is currently living and creating on the land of the Yugambeh language group, in SE QLD. Merinda has most recently exhibited at galleries and festivals; The Walls Artspace, Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, HOTA Underground Festival, Outer Space and Placemakers* GC. She is currently working on
living, growing project ‘Conversations with the Forest’ with the City of Gold Coast and Situate Art in Festivals.

Jo Grant completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at RMIT in 1993 and holds a Master of Visual Art from Griffith University, Queensland (2004). Her practice as an artist began with photography and her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and institutions across Australia. Her photographic work is represented in collections such as State Library Victoria, Griffith University and Art Bank. She is represented by M.33 in Melbourne and in 2012 published a photographic monograph titled, All Prize Winners Paraded. In the last few years she has transitioned to other mediums, working project to project, juggling an artistic practice and her role at Regional Arts Victoria as the Manager of the South West region. Jo lives on the Victorian coast in the small town of Port Fairy. 

Sophie Penkethman-Young is an artist and digital producer living on unceded Gadigal Land. Sophie is interested in if experiences can be translated digitally, how humanness could be described and uploaded to the cloud? Sophie currently works as a Producer in Digital Programming for the Sydney Opera House. She has Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University, with Honours from the University of Sydney. She recently completed a Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney focusing on digital museum culture and internet-based practice. Sophie held the 2019-2020 board position of Digital Manager of Runway Journal. Sophie is a curator and digital producer on Collective: Trace, Ghost and Frenzy where she collaborated with fourteen artists to create time specific digital exhibitions for PAcT, Firstdraft, Art Month and Outerspace ARI. Sophie has had solo exhibitions at Airspace Projects (2019), Sydney, Seventh Gallery (2019), Melbourne and Verge Gallery (2021), Sydney.

Kai Wasikowski is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist. As a child of photographers/environmentalists, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of growing up with a reverence for the natural environment, while living adjacent to ecological degradation and rapid technological development. With Australian settler and Polish heritage, Wasikowski uses image-making to better understand his own positionality in relation to the impacts of colonialism and late-capitalism, and the inseparability of environmental justice from their ongoing effects. Wasikowski’s projects have engaged with western traditions of landscape/nature photography, with a particular interest in the instrumentality of the camera—how it and various optical technologies prescribe ways of seeing whilst simultaneously constructing an unseen. Employing visual devices of trompe-l’oei, various imaging technologies and 3D techniques, Wasikowski is interested in revealing the camera, his hand, and the spectators own presence in the act of viewing.

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 7 May  4pm-7pm
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 10 May  8:30am – 5pm
Wed 11 May  8:30am – 5pm
Thu 12 May  8:30am – 5pm
Fri 13 May  8:30am – 5pm
Sat 14 May  9am – 5pm 
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 17 May  8:30am – 5pm
Wed 18  8:30am – 9pm  
Thu 19 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Fri 20 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Sat 21 May 9am – 9pm
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 24 May  8:30am – 5pm 
Wed 25 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Thu 26 May  8:30am – 9pm  
Fri 27 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Sat 28 May 9am – 9pm 
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 31 May  8:30am – 5pm 
Wed 1 Jun  8:30am – 9pm 
Thu 2 Jun  8:30am – 9pm 
Fri 3 Jun  8:30am – 9pm 
Sat 4 Jun  9am – 9pm

 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information.